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This state is the king of college football from top to bottom

College football fans in this state have had bragging rights for going on a decade.

Five of the last seven national champions have been from Alabama, a stat made even more remarkable when you consider we have only two Power 5 conference teams.

Alabama is currently No. 1 in the country and the favorite to run that streak to six national titles in eight years. But if you’ve been paying attention, you’d realize that the two non-Power 5 teams in our state are starting to add to the legend.

South Alabama has hit two milestones already this season — its first win over an SEC team and its first win over a ranked opponent.

Troy has been equally impressive, with the Trojans’ only loss coming by six points on the road at Clemson. That’s the exact margin of victory the third-ranked Tigers had over Auburn and Louisville.

Troy will visit Ladd-Peebles Stadium on a Thursday night 13 days from now. The Trojans may very well be ranked in the top 25 by then. South Alabama will likely be 4-2 and building on a winning streak of its own.

It should be a big night at Ladd and a reminder that this state is the king of college football from top to bottom.

For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.

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